Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

February 19–July 19, 2020

The largest exhibition of Rosie Lee Tompkins’s work to date, this retrospective reveals her as a brilliantly inventive quiltmaker and an artist of stunning variety, depth, and impact.

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  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1986; quilted by Willia Ette Graham, 1986; velvet, velveteen, faux fur, panné velvet, and velvet backing; 86 x 74 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Three Sixes, 1996; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1996; polyester double knit, linen-weave cotton or polyester, cotton, rayon, and cotton muslin backing; 96 × 96 in.; BAMPFA, bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, c. 1987; quilted by Willia Ette Graham and Johnnie Wade, 1991; rayon, polyester, double knit, and cotton knit; 100 x 60 ½ in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Sharon Risedorph Photography.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 1991; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 1991; velvet, velveteen, velour, and cotton backing; 73 x 67 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

  • Rosie Lee Tompkins: Untitled, 2005; quilted by Irene Bankhead, 2008; cotton, corduroy, rayon linen, polyester print, cotton terry, cotton embroidery, cotton bedding, and other fabrics with cotton muslin backing; 26 x 39 in.; BAMPFA, Bequest of the Eli Leon Living Trust. Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Effie Mae Howard. Photo: Ben Blackwell.

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  • Selected Wednesdays and Sundays

    Guided Tours: Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Join a guided tour to discover the vibrant and innovative work of quilt artist Rosie Lee Tompkins.

  • First and Third Fridays

    Rosie Lee Tompkins: Up Close

    Take an intimate look at Rosie Lee Tompkins’s techniques and materials in an up-close viewing session on the museum’s lower level.

  • Wednesday, February 19, 12 PM

    Curator’s Talk: Elaine Yau on Rosie Lee Tompkins

    Explore the art and life of Rosie Lee Tompkins with a gallery talk by exhibition cocurator Elaine Yau.